The upcoming Penang Art District project, envisioned as the northern state’s creative hub of contemporary art and culture, has already started to benefit Malaysian talents.
Last September, it ran the Spotlight 2018 Art Competition for young artists below 30, with grand prize winner Yap Ley Min earning herself a month-long solo exhibition titled The Human Form at the Hin Bus Depot.
It features the 21-year-old Butterworth native’s older artworks from her time in college alongside new pieces produced under the Spotlight mentorship programme with Universiti Sains Malaysia’s (USM) Dr Tetriana Ahmed Fauzi.
There are 15 pieces of various sizes. One is a wax sculpture, while the remainder are paintings done with vibrant palettes of oils, acrylics and pastels. They portray subjects with bold expressions and energetic movements.